Pest illustrations


For people who are trying to identify and learn about the insects, spiders, and other animals they encounter in and near their homes, a valuable tool is a series of accurate illustrations that show the species without any background “noise” and from angles that make them easy to compare. A couple different pest control companies commissioned the illustrations below to help educate their potential customers.

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Powderpost beetle – Emily S. Damstra


Powderpost beetle illustration pest

Norway rat or Brown rat – Emily S. Damstra


Norway rat or Brown rat Rattus norvegicus

Silverfish – Emily S. Damstra


Silverfish illustration Lepisma saccharina

Wolf spider – Emily S. Damstra


Wolf spider illustration Hogna helluo

Eastern yellow jacket – Emily S. Damstra


Eastern yellow jacket illustration Vespula maculifrons

Yellow sac spider – Emily S. Damstra


Yellow sac spider illustration Cheiracanthium inclusum

Box elder bug – Emily S. Damstra


Box elder bug illustration Boisea trivittata

House mouse – Emily S. Damstra


House mouse illustration Mus musculus

Indian meal moth – Emily S. Damstra


Indian meal moth illustration Plodia interpunctella

American giant millipede – Emily S. Damstra


American giant millipede illustration Narceus americanus

Black and yellow mud dauber – Emily S. Damstra


Black and yellow mud dauber illustration Sceliphron caementarium

Oriental cockroach – Emily S. Damstra


Oriental cockroach illustration Blatta orientalis

European paper wasp – Emily S. Damstra


European paper wasp illustration Polistes dominula

Pavement ant – Emily S. Damstra


Pavement ant illustration Tetramorium caespitum

Pharaoh ant – Emily S. Damstra


Pharaoh ant illustration Monomorium pharaonis

Rock pigeon – Emily S. Damstra


Rock pigeon illustration Columba livia

Pillbug – Emily S. Damstra


Pillbug illustration Armadillidium vulgare

Eastern subterranean termite – Emily S. Damstra


Eastern subterranean termite illustration Reticulitermes flavipes

Cat flea – Emily S. Damstra


Cat flea illustration Ctenocephalides felis

Fruit fly – Emily S. Damstra


Fruit fly illustration Drosophila melanogaster

Fungus gnat – Emily S. Damstra


fungus gnat illustration Sciara spp.

German cockroach – Emily S. Damstra


German cockroach illustration Blatella germanica male

Common green bottle fly – Emily S. Damstra


Common green bottle fly illustration Phaenicia sericata female

House centipede – Emily S. Damstra


House centipede illustration Scutigera coleoptrata

House cricket – Emily S. Damstra


House cricket illustration Acheta domesticus female

House fly – Emily S. Damstra


House fly illustration Musca domestica female

House mosquito – Emily S. Damstra


House mosquito illustration Culex pipiens

Black carpenter ant – Emily S. Damstra


Black carpenter ant illustration Camponotus pennsylvanicus worker

Northern black widow spider – Emily S. Damstra


black widow spider illustration Latrodectus variolus

Brown recluse spider – Emily S. Damstra


Brown recluse spider illustration Loxosceles reclusa

Bumblebee – Emily S. Damstra


Bumble bee illustration Bombus impatiens

Eastern carpenter bee – Emily S. Damstra


Eastern carpenter bee illustration Xylocopa virginica female

Clover mite – Emily S. Damstra


Clover mite illustration Bryobia praetiosa

Cluster fly – Emily S. Damstra


Cluster fly illustration Pollenia rudis female

Common black ground beetle – Emily S. Damstra


Common black ground beetle illustration Pterostichus sp.

Drain fly – Emily S. Damstra


Drain fly illustration Clogmia albipunctata

Common earwig – Emily S. Damstra


Common earwig illustration Forficula auricularia

House sparrow – Emily S. Damstra


House sparrow iluustration Passer domesticus

American cockroach – Emily S. Damstra


American cockroach illustration Periplaneta americana

American house spider – Emily S. Damstra


American house spider illustration Achaearanea tepidariorum

Asian lady beetle – Emily S. Damstra


Asian lady beetle illustration Harmonia axyridis

Bald-faced hornet – Emily S. Damstra


Bald-faced hornet illustration Dolichovespula maculata

Bed bug – Emily S. Damstra


Bed bug illustration Cimex lectularius

biting midge – Emily S. Damstra


Biting midge illustration Culicoides sp.

Red imported fire ant – Emily S. Damstra


Red imported fire ant illustration Solenopsis invicta

Roof rat – Emily S. Damstra


Roof rat illustration Rattus rattus

Southern flying squirrel – Emily S. Damstra


Southern flying squirrel illustration Glaucomys volans

Varied carpet beetle – Emily S. Damstra


Varied carpet beetle illustration Anthrenus verbasci

White footed ant – Emily S. Damstra


White footed ant illustration Technomyrmex albipes

Argentine ant – Emily S. Damstra


Argentine ant illustration Linepithema humile

Brown dog tick – Emily S. Damstra


Brown dog tick illustration Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Caribbean crazy ant – Emily S. Damstra


Caribbean crazy ant illustration Paratrechina pubens

Tropical rough-headed drywood termite soldier – Emily S. Damstra


Tropical rough-headed drywood termite illustration Cryptotermes brevis

Eastern gray squirrel – Emily S. Damstra


Eastern gray squirrel illustration Sciurus carolinensis

Eastern subterranean termite – Emily S. Damstra


Eastern subterranean termite illustration Reticulitermes flavipes

Formosan subterranean termite soldier – Emily S. Damstra


Formosan subterranean termite illustration Coptotermes formosanus

Honeybee – Emily S. Damstra


Honeybee illustration Apis mellifera

Odorous house ant – Emily S. Damstra


Odorous house ant or Coconut ant illustration Tapinoma sessile